Nation mourns Prince Nawaf

Updated 03 October 2015

Nation mourns Prince Nawaf

JEDDAH: Saudi citizens are mourning the loss of Prince Nawaf bin Abdulaziz and have sent their condolences to the government on social networking sites, with prayers for Allah Almighty to bless his soul.
Prince Nawaf dedicated his life to Islam and the country and served in several top posts including head of intelligence at the rank of minister and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques at the royal court.
He received his primary education in the Kingdom, studied Islamic civilization at university, and went for further studies to the United States. He was an expert on the Kingdom’s administration and international politics.
He was chosen by the late King Abdulaziz as commander of the Royal Guard at an early age. He was the head of the Royal Court in the era of King Saud who later appointed him as minister of finance for several years.
Having experience in several areas, King Faisal included him in all official delegations such as Arab meetings, Islamic summits and Nonaligned conferences. Prince Nawaf also led Saudi delegations on behalf of the king or as his special envoy. He became an expert in Middle East affairs.
He traveled extensively to all parts of the world to settle problems and disputes. He also contributed to the establishment of some industries to serve domestic and Arab economies, which resulted in good relations with several nations.
Prince Nawaf was a founder of Saudi-New Zealand Bank and one of its biggest shareholders. He also had investments in real estate tourist projects. In addition, he was a pioneer in the solar energy industry, becoming the first Saudi businessman to highlight the importance of this vital area.
He provided financial and moral support to Sydney University in Australia to conduct studies on how to exploit solar energy in commercial and residential areas.
Prince Nawaf was also concerned with the media and praised the development of the Saudi press over the years. He sent a congratulatory message to Turki Al-Sudairi on his selection as the first board chairman of the Saudi Journalists Association.
In the message, he said Al-Sudairi would ensure the media flourishes in the country and journalists contribute to the nation’s ambitious growth plans.

Leading monitor of crucial events in the Saudi Arabia for 100 years: Umm Al-Qura newspaper

Umm Al-Qura was the first newspaper to be published during the time of Saudi Arabia's founder.
Updated 21 May 2018

Leading monitor of crucial events in the Saudi Arabia for 100 years: Umm Al-Qura newspaper

  • It was the first newspaper to be issued at the time of the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdul Aziz
  • Al-Ahmadi clarified that the newspaper’s first issue was published in December 1924

MAKKAH: It is considered one of the most important and prestigious Saudi Arabian newspapers. 

It has witnessed crucial decisions in the country, observed the history of the region throughout a century, recording details of life in the Kingdom becoming a reference for historical decisions and events.

Umm Al-Qura’s Editor in Chief Abdullah Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper has the support and supervision of Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad, who has harnessed all the resources for its modern launch. Al-Ahmadi clarified that the newspaper’s first issue was published in December 1924.

It was the first newspaper to be issued at the time of the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdul Aziz. The headline in the first issue of the newspaper was “The Makkah Declaration,” and this story was accompanied by news and official statements.

Al-Ahmadi said that the paper continued its coverage during World War II, although its presses did stop for a period of up to eight weeks in 1924 before King Abdul Aziz ordered paper to be imported and printing to resume.

Umm Al-Qura’s first editor in chief was Sheikh Yusuf Yassin, who was followed by Rushdi Malhas. Both figures held diplomatic positions during King Abdul Aziz’s reign, along with Mohammed Saeed Abdul Maksoud, Fouad Shaker and Abdul Quddus Al-Ansari.

Al-Ahmadi added that the newspaper has monitored the personal stories of the Kingdom’s kings, giving precise details of the historical and political events of the last century. He added that it has the full Saudi archive and it has become a historical reference for history, the economy and politics.

Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper was a combination of news, sports and social events during 30 years of its foundation. It had adverts on some pages, reflecting the region’s identity and local, economic and cognitive dimensions.

Al-Ahmadi said that with its launch, the newspaper formed the memory, aspirations and ambitions of Saudi Arabia. It was the only media platform in which the world explored the local news, along with the cultural, educational and economic news. 

It covered their advocacy of the crucial decisions — notably the Palestinian cause that Saudi Arabia has defended since the time of its founder.

Umm Al-Qura’s editor in chief said his main concern, along with his former colleagues in the newspaper’s management, was its development and relaunch, pointing out that a number of challenges have been overcome. 

The newspaper has been developed across the board — from layout and content to its brand logo and colors, he said.

Al-Ahmadi added that new and modern printers have been provided, and the newspaper has improved in line with technical and modern changes. 

He said the government also helped restore the back issues damaged by moths.

The operation was carried out by specialized experts who supervised the whole operation to protect the issues from getting lost. All issues were archived online and missing issues are being updated, he added.

Al-Ahmadi said that the newspaper’s website will provide a digital media platform for the documentation process, giving integrated information about the newspaper.

Al-Ahmadi said the newspaper has a website archive for researchers and academics. 

He added that a large number of master’s and doctorate degrees as well as surveys took place with the help of the newspaper that has become a historic reference for scholars and researchers.